This was posted by motherwolf in my earlier thread:
had a cache that was tied in a tree. There were construction guys all around clearing the wooded area on the next lot. 2 guys came over & asked if I was ok or did I need some help. I told them I was fine that I just had to recheck some things 1 of my crew failed to check for a job. They wanted to know what I was checking.
Swell now I had to really think fast. So I told him there was a concern from a person in the area that this was a nesting area for a rather rare butterfly. I just had to hope this guy wasnt into butterflies because I wasnt sure where it would go from there LOL He did show some interest & asked a few questions, who I worked for etc. I told him I was connected to NWF (National Wildlife Federation). I am a member & that we always monitor wildlife areas before they are destroyed if we get a letter of concern. Well he excepted that easily said well I hope you can save something today & went about his business. I then recovered the cache, went back to my truck for a min (to SL) took some notes, which I usually do anyhow then replaced it without him seeing where. I cont to look through some of the trees & bushes for about 10 mins then I went back over to the guy & said "It seems that the concerned person was right. There is evidence of this butterfly in that area. At this time Im not sure if it has nested but I will be back in a few days to check again. In the meantime if he could just make sure his crew didnt disturb that area I would really appreciate it." Well he yelled over to his guys to not go into or near that area as there is some kind of research going on. They all gave the thumbs up, waved, I said thanks alot for your cooperation then got in my truck. They watched me so I also stopped at a lot about 1/2 block away got out & checked around for about 10 mins then left. They all waved as I went by. I just smiled & waved back.
It did the job because that cache never showed any logs that it was gone or there was a problem so i considered it a job well done plus I had a little fun with some of our county workers.